I knew Sunday was going to be good, regardless of the fishing. I was set to fish with Adam, the fishing manager of the Orvis store, and the one and only RA Beattie of Beattie Outdoor Productions. I am a huge fan of RA's work and have burned countless hours watching "Off the Grid" and checking out his online clips. Truthfully, I was really nervous. I goof off with the blog and chase carp when I can, but Adam and RA are both real, actual pros. I was just hoping to avoid doing something stupid on camera.
Thankfully, these guys were both awesome. We set up on some water I like and RA ran around with the camera trying to make Adam and I look cool. The fish cooperated for the most part. I stuck a pig right away and it didn't take Adam long to show why he is a fishing manager...the guy can fish. We stalked around and caught fish while RA shot and carried a massive tripod. I ended up with a 23 and a 25 lb fish, and both Adam and I caught plenty of standard big C carp.
Partway through the day I handed off the rod and walked along while Adam and RA stuck fish. The only drawback to this was lugging RA's huge tripod around...it made it kind of hard to help point out fish, but RA didn't need a lot of help.
As we neared the end of the water, Adam snuck ahead to put the stalk on a nice carp. RA managed to hook up on the backside and we were lucky to get a sweet double photo.
This was quite an experience, fishing with two really talented guys that are both at the peak of their craft. Humbling to stumble along and cast like an old woman beating off a fly with a broomstick whilst your partners are throwing tight loops into a headwind, but they were great companions. The only bad thing all day was that RA wouldn't give me an autograph...guess we will have to go again.
Thanks Adam and RA!